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Response to Divernan (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 24, 2013, 11:40 AM

4. I think we can safely discount the Truman-Clinton comparison.

When people hire Bill Clinton to speak, it's not only because he used to be president. How often do prestige events seek to hire George W. Bush to speak? And what is he worth as a speaker anyway? $4.95?

Clinton happens to be a brilliant and charismatic speaker. I've seen him mesmerize a crowd both on TV and in a closed room from four feet away. His appeal is for real. His passion for charitable work is, too. Oh, he likes the money, don't get me wrong ("I've been poor and I've been rich and I like rich better"), but he knows that this point, he has enough of it, and puts plenty of what he takes in these days into the Foundation and the CGI.

If Buono's numbers improve, by the way, I think Obama will get involved, but Virginia must take priority at this point. Maybe Cory Booker can help in the way of joint appearances in the meantime. What we can't overcome is the fact that Christie did go to bat for his state after Sandy in a big way, and didn't hesitate to work with Obama on relief when it was needed. He had nothing to lose (except maybe Ann Coulter, and she's no loss) and everything to gain, and he made clever use of that while he could. He put a lot of political capital in the bank that Buono has no chance to match before the election. It will be a sly campaign manager indeed that can present Buono in such a light that NJ voters look beyond that.

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